Versace fans, rejoice! Farfetch has teamed up with William Banks-Blaney of London’s William Vintage to offer an insane cache of vintage pieces from the iconic Italian fashion house that spans founder Gianni Versace’s career, beginning in 1981 and ending with the final show before his tragic death in 1997. The collection includes pieces from seminal shows like 1992’s “Bondage”, 1994’s “Punk” (remember Liz Hurley’s safety pin dress? Yeah, that collection.), and the brand’s Andy Warhol collaboration. The prices are, admittedly, pretty steep, but for vintage collectors and die-hard fans of the brand, it’s worth it. And for the rest of us, there’s no shame in window shopping.
What’s more, the sale features over 500 pieces – which, given the fact that the Met’s 1997 tribute to the designer featured just 187, is kind of a big deal. It also comes just weeks after Versace’s S/S 18 show, which paid homage to Gianni’s baroque, gold-toned vision of glamour, updating the unapologetically powerful aesthetic for the new millennium.
“Gianni Versace was about pure, unadulterated glamour and his collections were always joyful. Within that exuberance was a designer with an eye for precision and superb tailoring and who above all else loved women,” said Banks-Blaney in a statement. “[He] changed the perception of fashion, of runway shows and created the idea of the supermodel; the confident, unapologetic and unashamedly feminine woman.”
Indeed, Versace is considered a visionary who pioneered many of today’s industry standards, including using celebrities as models (Madonna was a favorite muse of Gianni’s), seating people like Elton John and Prince front row at shows, and infusing clothes with a sense of innate sexuality that carried over into steamy ad campaigns.
As of today, there are still a ton of pieces left on Farfetch, including polka dot and lady big-printed bustiers, a shearling-trimmed leather jacket from the “Bondage” collection, and a pair of “Miami” printed jeans. Just do yourself a favor and don’t look at the price.